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News from CJ Hurley Century Arts,
September 2011 
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Hand-painted friezes
Interior & exterior color
Design & consultation
Watercolor paintings
Mixed media art

At A Glance
Join us! Art, Poetry and Romanticism
CJ's art on Grimm
Pasadena in October
Grant Announcement
CJ's Sketchbook
Where to find us

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CJ Hurley Century Arts
Located in Portland, OR

Consultation, Design services, and Fine Art everywhere


Recent Projects   
Completed Projects -Exterior

Completed Projects -Exterior

Completed Projects -Exterior

Completed Projects -Exterior

Completed Projects -Exterior


Current and Recent Exhibits 

 Houses, Landscapes, Flowers and Dreams: The Poetic Art of CJ Hurley
Solo Exhibit: Art and Poetry
Architectural Heritage Center

 Portand Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery 


54th Chautauqua Annual Exhibit of Contemporary Art 

Juror: Jim Kempner; Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC


Exhibit: Strohl Art Gallery Chautauqua, NY

Hidden and Exposed Juried exhibit 

Caladan Gallery


13th Biennial Oregon Made for Interiors Juried Exhibit
Maude Kerns Gallery

Call and Response Juried exhibit
CODA Gallery


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Informative Articles

You can find most of our articles posted on our website but a few are here for your enjoyment. 


Hollywood Star News  

Creating a symbolic, personal statement  CJ Hurley designs one-of-a-kind friezes  

by James Bash  

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"Creating paintings and interiors that fire the imagination, stir the deepest emotions, inspire the soul, and offer new things to explore upon each viewing is the most gratifying and satisfying thing I can do with my art."

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 Fall Greetings!  
Summer finally made it to Oregon for a few weeks, but fall is in the air now.  We've been keeping busy in the studio and with clients and we have lots to share!
Houses, Landscapes,
Flowers and Dreams:
The Poetic Art of CJ Hurley
Thank you to everyone who came to our show opening on August 5th!  It was a special night full of the high energy and abundant enthusiasm brought by you all! Part of the magic of the art experience is all of the energy, enthusiasm, and spirit brought by the people who come to interact with the work on display. Thank you for sharing your passion, it made the evening very special indeed.  

HLFD Opening

If you are in the Portland area, we hope you will join us for two upcoming special community events happening at the exhibit.


Poetry Reading 

This Saturday, September 17th

Doors open: 10:30 am;  Reading:  11:00 am - noon

701 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR 


Join us for a riveting visual and auditory experience as visiting author, S. Alexander Smith, performs a dramatic reading of the poetry CJ wrote to accompany his paintings for this exhibit.

This will be an interactive and engaging reading that will help viewers to see the art in a new way. CJ & Susan will be present to answer questions and talk to attendees after the performance.   


Susan Smith 

S. Alexander Smith is a novelist, actor, librarian, and founding member of Buffalo's Hag Theatre. Based in NY, she is visiting Portland to perform this reading and to participate in the filming of a documentary video on CJ and his art.  








Twin Roses


Lecture and Artist Talk - Romanticism: Its legacy and connection to the art of CJ Hurley 

Thursday, September 29th 6pm


In his presentation, CJ will discuss the Romantic Movement including Art, Poetry and Fiction.  He will offer his insight into Romanticism's continuing presence in the modern world.  CJ sees Romantic thought as an essential part of being human and has a special regard for Romanticism's position regarding nature.  This is a topic he often explores in his art and he will be relating these themes to the work on exhibit.


More information.

 HLFD Opening

CJ Hurley House on a Cliffside
"House on a Cliffside"
 CJ's Paintings to appear on
NBC's Grimm!

Quietude of Winter
"The Quietude of Winter"

We are super excited to share with you that some of CJ's paintings were selected for use on the set of NBC's new supernatural thriller, Grimm.

Forest and Stream
"Forest and Stream" 

The producer's found CJ's picturesque art a perfect fit for the theme of the show, and we've recently found out that the production team chose two paintings [shown here] for use in the filming. Grimm takes place in, and is filmed in Portland, and they scout for art at the Portland Art Museum Sales Gallery where CJ is represented.


Now, of course, we have to watch the show to see if they survived the editing room floor, or actually made the cut!  If you plan to watch the show and see these paintings, let us know! The series is scheduled to premiere in October.

Pasadena in October


We hope to see you in
Pasadena next month for Craftsman Weekend.  We're planning to bring the Houses, Landscapes, Flowers and Dreams exhibit and look forward to sharing it with everyone there.

We'll be giving two talks during the weekend. Check the schedule and make plans for your visit!

 Grant Funding to
document CJ's art 
We are pleased to relate that CJ has been awarded a professional development grant by the Regional Arts and Culture Council to create a short documentary about his art.

This is exciting news for us, but the film process is new to us -- it's been fun and a bit intimidating, but things are going well!

We are fortunate to have a dynamic team willing to give their time and creative energy to this project:

Michael Thanhouser:      Videographer
Elliott Anderson:            Photographer
S. Alexander Smith:       Narrator  

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When the project is complete, it will be shared with galleries & museums around the country. It will also be available to the public on our website.
We'll keep you posted on our work for the film over the coming months.

Sketchbook Tour Concludes

Sketchbook Project 
"Flowering Awakened One"

After touring 9 locations in 6 states, the 2011 Sketchbook Project tour is over. CJ's contribution, The Book of Insight, joined 10,000 others on a whirlwind tour of America and now that it is over, the sketchbooks are on permanent exhibit in their new home, the  Brooklyn Art Library in NYC.

Thanks to everyone around the country who visited the Project's host galleries and asked to see CJ's book! CJ found it to be a tremendous and rewarding experience.

In the wake of the tour, we are in the process of archiving CJ's sketchbook, and creating a digital book of all of the images for the public to enjoy.  Our Graphic Design Intern, Chlo� Miller, has been hard at work making this compilation a reality!  Chlo� and former intern, Cory Griffin, conducted weekly interviews with CJ in order to probe the meaning and symbolism behind each of the images. It has been fun and sometimes difficult to document CJ's complex iconography, but they have done a great job!

Chlo� hopes to have the book completed soon and we'll be sure to let you know when it is available to access.  

Sketchbook Project

Where to find us

If you visit the Pacific Northwest, you can schedule an appointment to see our work in our private home showroom.  Here are some other places to find CJ's art. 

The Gamble House Gift Shop
Pasadena, CA


Ink on paper from  

"Houses, Landscapes,  

Flowers and Dreams"



It Shot It Hit
Portland Art Museum Sales Gallery
Portland, OR

"It Shot, It Hit"
Acrylic on cotton 

This painting is an abstract exploration of active Zen meditation through the vehicle of Kyudo (Japanese archery). It is an abstract illustration of the moment when the duality of the archer and the target dissolves and one is a part of the other. When the Buddha mind of the unconscious unites with the conscious, a state of selflessness occurs and the arrow can be loosed without effort. The shot becomes "spiritual" at this moment and is the shot that cannot be missed.

Roycroft Copper Shop Gallery
East Aurora, NY

"Rose and Moon"
India Ink and watercolor on handmade paper

Rose & Moon is the third in my series "Five Statements on The Rose". The series celebrates the phases in nature: growth, renewal, night, day, and the passage of time through the solar cycle and the moon's phases. These paintings explore the mystery of solar and lunar polarities. Given a male and female association, the lunar rose is the feminine principle, while the sun is the masculine.